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    Judge James Carr reiterates the responsibility to register and to vote during the naturalization ceremony on Sunday. Nineteen of the new citizens registered.

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    U.S. citizenship allows Cecilia Geist, formerly of Mexico to register to vote. The flag, however, doesn't make for a great pen for Geist's daughter, Athena Geist, 5. Helping new citizens to vote is Patricia Pedro Carmean, right.

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    At left, Faisl Alsayegh, 5, receives a kiss from his mother, Salma Almghasilah, formerly of Saudi Arabia, and now an American citizen.

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    U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D.-Ohio) welcomes the soon-to-be citizens. The United States is a young nation, she notes, yet it is the oldest democracy.

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    Faisl Alsayegh, 5, receives a kiss from his mom, Salma Almghasilah, formerly of Saudi Arabia, and now an American citizen, during Sunday's naturalization ceremony.

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    Wietze Oenema, left, and his father Rinke Oenema, right, both formerly of the Netherlands, register to vote with League of Women Voters volunteer Ann Fabiazak Payne, center, after they had become citizens.

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    Rep. Marcy Kaptur, right, issuing the Oath of Citizenship during the proceedings.

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    Wietze Oenema, left, formerly of the Netherlands, receives help in registering to vote from League of Women Voters volunteer Patricia Pedro Carmean, right, as his father, Rinke Oenema, registers with volunteer Ann Fabiazak Payne, second from left, after they had become citizens. The Honorable James G. Carr, Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio Westren Division, presides at a naturalization ceremony at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio on May 20, 2018. 25 people become citizens of the united States in the ceremony. [Including the Liberian whose name cannot appear.] U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Oh), is the keynote speaker. The Blade/Jetta Fraser

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    Wietze Oenema, left, formerly of the Netherlands and now living in New Bavaria, registers to vote after becoming a citizen.

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    Judge James Carr reminds the new citizens that their heritage is a gift, and asks that they share it with their fellow Americans. He also exhorts them to register to vote. The Leadership Corps of the Maritime Academy stand with the colors during the event. The Honorable James G. Carr, Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio Westren Division, presides at a naturalization ceremony at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio on May 20, 2018. 25 people become citizens of the united States in the ceremony. [Including the Liberian whose name cannot appear.] U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Oh), is the keynote speaker. The Blade/Jetta Fraser

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U.S. District Court Judge James G. Carr presided at a naturalization ceremony where 25 people became U.S. citizens at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo on Sunday, May 20, 2018. U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D.-Ohio), was the keynote speaker. Use the arrows to scroll through the photo gallery above.

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